Amended fundamental laws relating to the media (KU2)

Published: 14 November 2018 at 16.05

Updated: 14 November 2018 at 16.36

The Riksdag is making the final adoption of the proposals held in abeyance on an act amending the Freedom of the Press Act (TF) and an act amending the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression (YGL).

The amendments involve, among other things, a linguistic review with the purpose of making the legislation gender neutral and easier to apply, as well as stronger protection of personal privacy.

It will now be possible in ordinary law to introduce prohibitions on search engines containing certain sensitive personal data if they are available in a way that involves significant risks to the personal privacy of private individuals. These may, for example, include data on ethnic origin, political views, sexual orientation, health or genetic information.

The proposals also means that if an editor of a database who has been informed by the Chancellor of Justice that material in the database may represent a freedom of expression offence removes the material, he or she cannot be held liable for material which has been available in the database for longer than one year. This could, for example, include the website of a daily newspaper.

For an amendment to be made to a fundamental law, the Riksdag must take two identical decisions and these decisions must be separated by a general election. The Riksdag adopted the proposals for constitutional amendments as being held in abeyance on 30 May 2018. The final adoption of the constitutional amendments by the Riksdag will take place on 14 November. The amendments will come into force on 1 January 2019.